In a high tech children’s hospital in Milwaukee, in a wing decorated with animals, in a room with a window, sits an incubator. In it, lays a four pound newborn baby girl. Outside, sit her mom and dad, watching their baby fight for her first weeks of life, and the nurses and doctors, who watch over her, helping her live.
Meet Baby Madeline.
Born in July at 24 weeks gestation – after six months in the womb –, Madeline weighed just over one pound. Her parents, Rebecca and Oliver, had traveled to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for care after learning that the twins they were pregnant with suffered from twin-to-twin-transfusion syndrome (TTTS), an imbalance in the blood flow between identical twins who share a placenta. Madeline was getting too much while her twin, Lydia, was not getting enough. Lydia sadly passed away shortly after birth.
But Madeline survives. And today, after three months in the NICU, she continues to get stronger.
This Prematurity Awareness Month, Madeline’s family is opening up their hospital room with a window and an incubator, in the wing decorated with animals, to share their daily lives. Armed with a phone that broadcasts via Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, they and the NICU doctors and nurses are offering a glimpse inside the intricate care that goes into helping a four pound neonate survive, sharing their daily thoughts and answering your questions. It’s all to bring awareness to the issue of prematurity that continues to affect families around the globe and hope and strength to those who might experience it.
They are asking for your support by tuning in and sharing your wishes.
Baby Madeline is not alone. Join her family. See through the eyes of the most delicate patient.
How to participate and watch live
There are two ways you can join the live broadcasts on Nov 17th and 18th:
- Watch on Periscope: Follow Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Periscope on your mobile phone or tablet, then look for the live broadcasts starting at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT each day. You can download the Periscope app for both iOS and Android mobile devices.
- Watch on Twitter: You can watch the live broadcasts via Twitter from any computer or mobile device. Simply follow Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Twitter and look for the links at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT each day.
Follow @GEHealthcare for more about premature births around the world throughout the month.